Edgar Allen Poe Lesson Plans

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Poe Lesson Plans

Edgar Allen Poe lesson plans for high school students. This is how one study guide from our Illuminations program turned into a 6 week in-depth study on Edgar Allen Poe.

This could be an example for my homeschooling friends who are nervous about homeschooling high school. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a popular pre-school book. Moms have read the book over and over to their children and provided small activities to go with the book. Guess what…It is the same format in high school except the topics run deeper.

If you give a homeschool mom a one week study guide on Poe she begins to study ways to teach the new topic.

She decides that one week is not enough to time for all the treasures she has found for her Edgar Allen Poe lesson plans.

Edgar Allen Poe Lesson Plans Resources:

She has chosen The Best of Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, and 30 Othersfor her students to read. But then finds this book has a study guide, The Best of Poe.

After gathering information on which writings to read she decides the students must understand poetry to fully appreciate Poe.

Why not have students study poetry and practice writing poetry too. Yes, there is a study guide from 7 Sisters on Poetry Writing. 

My daughter’s favorite book in helping her understand poetry, How to Read a Poem: Based on the Billy Collins Poem “Introduction to Poetry”

Really hearing the poetry read aloud to capture all the nuances leads to buying the Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection. Which was my personal favorite.

Why not gather some free resources from the National Park Service on Edgar Allen Poe.

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The breakdown of how these resources were used in a 6 week poetry unit meeting for a 3 hour class once a week; 1 hour on reading poetry, 1 hour writing, 1 hour on Poe study guide.

Week before class started the girls read and discussed the resources from the National Park Service web site.

Week 1

  • Ch 1 How to Read a Poem
  • Week 1 lessons 1 and 2 of Poetry Writing
  • Homework:
    • Read Gold Bug, Tell Tale Heart, Annabel Lee, Bells
    • Listen to audio on same selections
    • Complete Week 1 lesson 3 and 4 of Poetry Writing
    • Complete questions in Best of Poe study guide
    • Complete Stepping Out from How to Read Poem

Week 2

  • Go over Stepping Out homework then read CH 2 How to Read a Poem
  • Go over homework then complete Week 2 lessons 1 and 2 of Poetry Writing
  • Poetry terms to teach in class (refer to Best of Poe study guide): allegory, allusion, alliteration, assonance, anaphora, ballad stanza, blank verse, connotation, couplet, denotation, deus ex machina, dialect
  • Go over homework assignments from Best of Poe
  • Homework:
    • Read Tale of Ragged Mountains, Black Cat, Coliseum, To Helen
    • Complete questions in Best of Poe study guide
    • Complete Stepping Out from How to Read Poem
    • Complete Week 2 lesson 3 and 4 of Poetry Writing

Week3

  • Go over Stepping Out homework read CH 3 How to Read Poem
  • Go over homework then complete Week 3 lessons 1 and 2 of Poetry Writing
  • Terms to teach in class, elision, end rhyme, enjambment, epigraph, foil, foot, foreshadowing, free verse, gothic fiction, heptameter, lamb, iambic pentameter
  • Go over homework assignments from Best of Poe
    Homework:

    • Read Cask of Amontillado, Murder of the Rue Morgue, Raven, Haunted Palace
    • Complete questions in Best of Poe study guide
    • Complete Stepping Out from How to Read Poem
    • Complete Week 3 lesson 3 and 4 of Poetry Writing

Week 4

  • Go over Stepping Out homework read CH 4 How to Read Poem
  • Go over homework then complete Week 4 lessons 1 and 3 of Poetry Writing
  • Terms to teach imagery, internal rhyme, irony, juxtaposition, metaphor, meter, mood, narrator, octameter, onomatopoeia, paradox, personification
  • Go over homework assignments from Best of Poe
  • Homework:
    • Read Masque Red Death, Pit and Pendulum, El dorado, Lenore, Ques
    • Complete questions in Best of Poe study guide
    • Complete Stepping Out from How to Read Poem
    • Complete Week 4 lesson 2 and 4 of Poetry Writing

Week 5

  • Go over Stepping Out homework read CH 5 How to Read Poem
  • Go over homework then complete Week 5 lessons 1 of Poetry Writing
  • Terms to teach: quatrain, rhyme scheme, romanticism, satire, sensory image, sestet, setting, sonnet, stanza
  • Go over homework assignments from Best of Poe
  • Homework:
    • Read Fall of House of Usher, Premature Burial, Dream Within a Dream, Conqueror Worm
    • Complete questions in Best of Poe study guide
    • Complete Stepping Out from How to Read Poem
    • Complete Week 5 lesson 2, 3, and 4 of Poetry Writing

Week 6

  • Go over Stepping Out homework read CH 6 How to Read Poem
  • Go over homework from Week 5 of Poetry Writing
  • Teaching terms:symbol, syntax, tetra meter, theme, tone, unreliable narrator
  • Go over homework assignments from Best of Poe

Paper due at the end of unit, Poe’s death is surrounded by mystery. No clear cause of death was ever decisively named. Research opinions, events and first hand accounts and write a essay on your findings.
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